Farming/Farm Economy

Fetch Headings.ExtraData
Below are groups and resources (books, articles, websites, etc.) related to this topic. Click on an item’s title to go its resource page with author, publisher, description/abstract and other details, a link to the full text if available, as well as links to related topics in the Subject Index. You can also browse the Title, Author, Subject, Chronological, Dewey, LoC, and Format indexes, or use the Search box.
Particularly recommended items are flagged with a red logo:

Connexions Library

After the "Special Period": Against The Current vol. 89
Quinn, Rachel
Article
2000
U.S. activists interview Cuban student. In July, Solidarity supporters Tim Marshall, Rachel Quinn and Sara Abraham had the opportunity to take classes at the University of Havana as a part of the Lang...
Agrarian Socialism: The Cooperative Commonwealth in Saskatchewan: A Study in Political Sociology
Lipset, Seymour Martin
Book
1950
A study of the social background of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation in Saskatchewan, which in 1944 became to first government with avowed socialist goals to be elected to office in Canada. The...
Agroecology Case Studies
Article
2016
The thirty-three case studies shed light on the tremendous success of agroecological agriculture across the African continent. They demonstrate with facts and figures how an agricultural transformatio...
Alternative Americas: An informal history by the grandmother of the counter-culture
Loomis, Mildred J.
Book
1982
A history of decentralist and co-operative alternatives in the United States, centering especially on the work of Ralph Borsodi.
An Analysis of the Decreasing Viability of Small and Medium sized Farms in Canada.
Howlett, Floyd
Article
1976
Describes the economic, physical, and political conditions that cause a rapid decrease in small and medium sized farms in Canada.
Another world is possible: New Internationalist January/February 2002
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2002
Takes a look at the current global system and possible ways to change it for the better.
Argentina: Disappearing Farmers, Disappearing Food
Trigona, Marie
Article
2009
Food sovereignty as defined by Via Campesina is the peoples' right to define their agricultural and food policy, and the right of farmers and peasants to produce food. Worldwide communities are seekin...
Biofuel or Biofraud? The Vast Taxpayer Cost of Failed Cellulosic and Algal Biofuels
Ernsting, Almuth
Article
2016
In November 2014, cellulosic biofuel company KiOR filed for bankruptcy, having shut down their refinery in Columbus, Mississippi earlier that year. There have been many unsuccessful biofuel ventures o...
The Birth of Agro-Resistance in Palestine
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2016
Canaan Fiar Trade, a co-operative farming project with a model of self-sufficiency and dignity, has grown rapidly, and now assists some 2000 small-hold farmers in the West Bank, but it still receives ...
Canadian Information Sharing Service: Pilot Copy, February 1976
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
The first issue of the Canadian Information Sharing Service publication. The name of the publication was later changed to Connexions and then to Connexions Digest.
Climate Change and World Agriculture
Parry, Martin
Book
1990
...
Communitas: Means of Livelihood and Ways of Life
Goodman, Paul & Percival
Book
1947
Visions of urban life.
Connexions Library: Africa Focus
Website
2009
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on Africa.
Connexions Library: Agriculture and Farming Focus
Website
2009
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on farming and agriculture.
Costa Rican Farmers Become Climate Change Acrobats
Ortiz, Deigo Arguedas
Article
2014
José Alberto Chacón traverses the winding path across his small farm on the slopes of the Irazú volcano, in Costa Rica, which meanders because he has designed it to prevent rain from washing away nutr...
Co-workers in a World Struggle
Howlett, Rev. Floyd
Article
1975
Problems facing agriculture in Manitoba, similar to problems facing Japanese farmers.
Down on the Farm
Film/Video
1976
Four days in the life of National Farmers' Union organizer, Don Kossick.
Down on the Farm
Film/Video
1983
EnvironmentSources.com
Website
2017
Web portal with information about environmental issues and resources, with articles, documents, books, websites, and experts and spokespersons. The home page features a selection of recent and importa...
Ethiopia's seed banks - under threat from G8 plan to 'develop' Africa
Provost, Claire
Article
2014
Ethiopia leads the way in preserving crop seeds by engaging farming communities in the effort, and making the exchange of seeds part of village life and culture, reports Claire Provost. But now it's a...
Everybody Dreams
Film/Video
1976
Study of an immigrant family's life as homesteaders in P.E.I. and its opposition to encroaching corporate demands.
Farm Gate Defence
Wilford, Allen
Book
1986
Describes how farmers have been driven to come together to defend their farms in the face of high interest rates, mounting production costs and low prices.
Farmageddon: Food and the Culture of Biotechnolgy
Kneen, Brewster
Book
1999
Kneen explains how corporations control the distribution of food with little knowledge or care of the health risks of engineered food.
Farmer Cooperatives, Not Monsanto, Supply El Salvador With Seeds
Weller, Nathan
Article
2015
In the face of overwhelming competition skewed by the rules of free trade, farmers in El Salvador have managed to beat the agricultural giants like Monsanto and Dupont to supply local corn seed to tho...
Farmers in Palestine create amazing produce in adverse conditions - and are fighting to export them
Blythman, Joanna
Article
2009
Palestine produces some of the finest olive oils in the world, not to mention dates, nuts, tomatoes - even wine. Now, despite the conflict, farmers are finding ways to export their produce - and show ...
Farmers vs Coca-Cola in Water Wars
Article
2009
As India faces its worst drought in four decades, a dispute over water resources between farmers in the Kala Dera area of western Rajasthan state and a Coca-Cola bottling plant located there has sharp...
Farming on the Margin: Nova Scotia Agriculture
Slide Show
1977
This slide-tape show addresses two issues - the changing role of the farmer and diminishing agricultural production in Nova Scotia.
Farming Under the Wall: Stories of Palestinian Farmers in the West Bank
Mancini, Emma
Article
2013
The difficulties of Palestinian farmers as their lands are placed behind the Wall.
Food Among the Ruins
Dowie, Mark
Article
2009
Detroit, the country's most depressed metropolis, has zero produce-carrying grocery chains. It also has open land, fertile soil, ample water, and the ingredients to reinvent itself from Motor City to ...
Food Chains
Rawal, Sanjay
Film/Video
2014
In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retaile...
Foodies and farmworkers: Allies or enemies?
Magdoff, Fred
Article
2015
Fred Magdoff reviews Labor and the Locavore. Can the 'buy local food' movement support both sustainable farming and justice for farmworkers?
From villages to New Delhi to Geneva: Indian farmers protest against the WTO
Khadse, Ashlesha
Article
2009
The "liberalization" and 'corporatization' of agriculture under the World Trade Organisation would put at risk the livelihoods of more than 2/3 of India's 1 billion people.
The future is agroecology
Tudge, Colin; Harvey, Graham
Article
2014
The way to a sustainable, people-centred agriculture lies in agroecology - farming based on ecological principles, taking account of the interdependence of all living things.
The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement
Lytle, Mark Hamilton
Book
2007
Explores the evolution of Carson's ideas about nature, her love for the sea, her career as a biologist, and above all her emergence as a writer of extraordinary moral and ecological vision.
How to Save the World: Strategy for World Conservation
Allen, Robert
Book
1980
"How To Save The World" discusses, "Why the world needs saving now and how it can be done". Allen breaks his work down into seven chapters, devoting each to an important aspect of the global predicame...
India's Rice Warrior Battles to Build Living Seed Bank as Climate Chaos Looms
Vidal, John
Article
2014
Rice conservationist Debal Deb grapples with 'mindless Indian elite' to reintroduce genetically diverse, drought-tolerant varieties
Islam Resistance and reform: New Internationalist May 2002
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2002
A look into the world of Islamic faith. Discussion of current issues and a look at key moments of Islamic civilazation.
Land concentration, land grabbing and people's struggles in Europe
Joan
Article
2015
The hidden scandal of how a few big private business entities have gained control of ever-greater areas of European land. How these land elites have been actively supported by a huge injection of publ...
The Lessons of Amish Agriculture
Kline, David
Article
1987
Amish agriculture offers valuable eco-lessons to those interested in organic, earth-friendly farming.
Meat: A Benign Extravagance
Fairlie, Simon
Book
2010
An exploration of the difficult environmental and ethical issues that surround the human consumption of animal flesh.
Meeting the Expectations of the Land: Essays in Sustainable Agriculture and Stewardship
Jackson, Wes; Berry, Wendell
Book
1984
Addresses the problems facing agriculture today, such as topsol erosion, lowered water tables, reliance on pesticides, dependence on machinery, the overcapitalization of agriculture, the decline of th...
Mozambique's Movement to End Land Grabs
Lemos, Anabela; Adler, Simone (eds.)
Article
2016
To corporations, the forest is only business. To communities, the forest is everything: trees, medicine, culture, spirituality. Land-grabbing and the removal of communities from forests and land break...
New Options for America
Satin, Mark
Book
1991
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 21, 2018: What are we eating?
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2018
What are we eating? A simple question which opens up a labyrinth of devilishly complex issues about production and distribution, access to land, control of water, prices, health and safety, migrant la...
The People Farm
Film/Video
1976
A film that provides insight into growth stimulation of handicapped adults.
A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present
Zinn, Howard
Book
1995
Zinn's history includes those most ignored by typical American textbook history, including Indians, blacks, women and workers.
Pesticides Pick your poison The pesticide scandal: New Internationalist May 2000
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2000
Exposing the dangers of pesticide usage, in both third and first world communities. Why this "cycle of poison" will keep escalating as crops develop resistance. Discussion of viable alternatives, incl...
Plant This Movie
Hatch, Karney (director)
Film/Video
2014
A documentary which encourages people to use green spaces to grow vegetables instead of grass. The film explores urban gardening in cities including Havana, Shanghai, Calcutta, Addis Ababa, Lima, New ...
Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir
Bageant, Joe
Book
2010
A fascinating and extremely readable account of a life now vanished, destroyed by the insatiable appetite of capital.
The Right-to-Farm Scam: Third Wave Corporatocracy
Fitz, Don
Article
2014
When Monsanto’s home state of Missouri passed the “Right to Farm” on August 5, 2014 the third noose of corporate control tightened around the neck of the US. Unlike the first two steps of corporate d...
Second Nature: The Animal-Rights Controversy
Herscovici, Alan
Book
1984
Animal-rights advocates argue that humans have no right to kill any animal, whether by hunting or farming or for medical research. Is this a cure for our ecological ills or is it a symptom of the dise...
A Short History of Progress
Wright, Ronald
Book
2004
If the population growth, consumption of resources, and technological advances continue according to the trend of the twentieth century, at the expense of the earth, the outcome may be disastrous.
So Different Yet So Familiar: Book Review by William Bowles
Bowles, William
Article
2010
A fascinating and extremely readable account of a life now vanished, destroyed by the insatiable appetite of capital and told with acid wit and great style making it enjoyable to relish the language b...
Solar heat - transforming rural enterprises around the tropics
Wheldon, Anne
Article
2015
Solar energy is not just about electricity. It's also about heat - and three innovative projects highlighted by the Ashden Awards are showing how solar heat can dramatically reduce the carbon footprin...
The Spider & The Fly, Agribusiness and the Farmer, The Way it Really is
Book
1981
This account of potato farming issues in New Brunswick was prepared by the National Farmers' Union for the Farmers' Enquiry in New Brunswick.
Strong Meat
Monbiot, George
Article
2010
The meat-producing system Simon Fairlie advocates differs sharply from the one now practised in the rich world: low energy, low waste, just, diverse, small-scale. But if we were to adopt it, we could ...
Submission by the National Farmers Union to the Comprehensive Development Plan for Prince Edward Island
Article
1981
The National Farmers Union (NFU) evaluates, criticizes and makes recommendations on the Comprehensive Development Plan for P.E.I. in this submission.
Support for Farmers
Article
1977
The Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society was founded in June 1976 by a group of individuals concerned about the future of Canada's agricultural self-sufficiency.
Toward the Agro-Police State: You’ll Need an iPad if You Want to be a Farmer
Ruiz-Marrero, Carmelo
Article
2014
The main problem with precision agriculture -- and the hype that surrounds it -- is the faulty assumptions that it rests on. The problems of agriculture are not caused by a lack of technology, or even...
The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food
Hewitt, Ben
Book
2010
An account of how cooperative agricultural enterprises are revitalizing the economy of a town in Vermont.
Via Campesina Declaration of the Forum on Food Sovereignty, Territories of Peace for a Dignified Life 2017
Article
2017
The participants of the Forum on Food Sovereignty held in the city of Buenos Aires on December 12th and 13th [2017] want to express our agreements regarding the construction of territories of peace fo...
Via Campesina Declaration on Food Sovereignty 1996: The Right to Produce and Access Land
Article
1996
Food is a basic human right. This right can only be realized in a system where food sovereignty is guaranteed.
The War in the Country: How the Fight to Save Rural Life Will Shape Our Future
Pawlick, Thomas F.
Book
2009
Chronicles the gradual disappearance of Canada's family farms.
What are we eating?: Introduction to Other Voices, January 21, 2018
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2018
What are we eating? A simple question which opens up a labyrinth of devilishly complex issues about production and distribution, access to land, control of water, prices, health and safety, migrant la...
What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
Frank, Thomas
Book
2004
Explores the rise of conservative populism in the United States through the lens of Frank's native state of Kansas. According to his analysis, the political discourse of recent decades has dramaticall...
Working Paper on Technology and the Family Farm
Article
1981
This working paper was prepared for presentation at a workshop entitled "The Human Context for Science and Technology" which was held at Saint Mary's University, Halifax in May, 1980.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Beyond Factory Farming
We are a national organization promoting socially responsible livestock production in Canada. We help communities that are dealing with problems caused by factory farms and factory farm proposals. As ...
CounterCurrents.org
An alternative news site based in India. We bring out what the mainstream media fails to tell you, or hides from you. These are the things that really matter. The things which may determine the fate o...
Farm Radio Weekly
Campaigns against hunger and disease in Africa and elsewhere through informative, educational radio information broadcasts.
New Internationalist
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.
Sources
Sources specializes in collecting, indexing, and disseminating information to help journalists, editors, and researchers quickly reach articulate experts and spokespersons who can provide background i...
Sustain
Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living enviro...

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Inter-American Development Bank
The IDB provides solutions to development challenges in 26 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, partnering with governments, companies and civil society organizations. The IDB lends money and provides grants. It also off...

Sources Library

Agriculture
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Agriculture & Farming Topic Index in Sources Directory of Experts
Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources
A subject guide to experts and spokespersons on topics related to agriculture and farming in the Sources directory for the media.
Back to the Land in Romania
A Pig, Milk and Cheap Veg Against EU Agribusiness
Souchon, Pierre
2014
The EU sends Europeanisation agents across Romania to end subsistence farming and encourage agricultural competition. But those who have turned to self-sufficient farming because of austerity resist t...
Collective farming
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Collective farming and communal farming are types of agricultural production in which the holdings of several farmers are run as a joint enterprise. This type of collective is essentially an agricultu...
Indian agribusiness sets sights on land in east Africa
Vidal, John
2011
Indian investors plan to spend $2.5bn on acquiring vast tracts of cheap farming land in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.
Monarch butterfly decline can only be stopped by a ban on glyphosate
Sirinathsinghji, Eva
2016
Monarch butterfly numbers are dwindling despite protection of their wintering forests in Mexico, and voluntary schemes to restore their food plant, milkweed, in US field margins, writes Eva Sirinathsi...
Western Uganda: crop-raiding elephants call for plan bee
Jones, Pete
2012
Attempts to stop the destruction of farmers' crops around Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park had failed until research into elephant reactions to bees provided an answer.

From the Connexions Archives

Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario
Organization profile published 1980
Organization
1980
City Farmer
Periodical profile published 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Based on the observation that hundreds of urban people, legally and illegally, are producing their own food, City Farmer is an alternative Vancouver newspaper concerned with all aspects of such urban ...
City Farmer
Organization
1983
Greenpeace Experimental Farm
Organization
1977
The farm is concerned with developing a style of rural living that minimizes damage to the ecosystem by reducing power and material goods consumption and using appropriate technology. They have a sum...
National Farmers Union
Organization profile published 1982
Organization
1982
New Internationalist
Serial Publication (Periodical)
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.